June 11 – Glacier Bay National Park

As we entered Glacier Bay National Park we immediately notice the increasing numbers of sea birds surrounding the cruise ship.  These birds followed us throughout the park as we explored glaciers near the north end of the Bay.

We saw a few animals such as these sea otters, lounging in the water in their classic pose lying on their backs with feet and head projecting above the water line.  We weren’t close enough to record detail, but supposedly these animals eat while floating on their backs, using their stomachs as “picnic tables.”

Glaciation over a long period of time in the Bay has produced some beautiful rock formations.

As we toured the Park’s northern borders we were able to closely approach a number of  glaciers, some which reached into the Bay and others which were hanging glaciers whose meltwater produced small streams of water flowing down to the sea.

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Professor Emeritus of Chemistry, Appalachian State University.
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